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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame welcomes platinum sponsors

The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that BMW, GE Capital and Kawasaki will be platinum sponsors for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame's 2015 induction ceremony. The ceremony is Saturday, Oct. 17, during the American International Motorcycle Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

“Whether in the woods, on the race track, in the desert or in the board room, Kawasaki riders and their representatives have helped shape American motorcycling,” said Jeff Massey, chief operations officer for the American Motorcyclist Association. “As a Platinum Sponsor of this year’s induction ceremony, Kawasaki continues to contribute to our effort to showcase motorcycling’s heritage in bigger and better ways.”

"We're honored that GE Capital is once again supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," said Massey. "The company has been invaluable to this industry on a core business level for decades and their continued support represents an important contribution in shining the spotlight on the Hall of Fame Class of 2015."

GE Capital Commercial Leader Paul Puma, Commercial Distribution Finance, and an AMA board member commented: "As a proud supporter of the motorcycle industry for over 35 years, Commercial Distribution Finance is pleased to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame with its mission to recognize key industry contributors and their success over the years."

"BMW has a rich history of motorcycling in America and abroad, and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is honored that such a well-respected brand is on board to support this year's Hall of Fame class," said Massey. "This year's ceremony is going to be fantastic with BMW involved in such an important way."

Added BMW Motorrad vice president Kris Odwarka: "BMW Motorrad looks back on an illustrious history stretching more than 90 years, but no individual history is as long and rich as motorcycling itself. We applaud the AMA in honoring the legends of our sport and avocation. BMW is truly grateful to be a part of this great work, and we heartily support the Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony at the AIMExpo."

“Kawasaki is proud to once again support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” said Chris Brull, vice president of marketing for Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. “The AMA plays an integral role in motorcycle education and advancing the future of our sport by acknowledging the achievements of those that have helped pave the way for motorcycling. It’s an honor for Kawasaki to align with the AMA’s efforts on behalf of motorcyclists everywhere.”

The Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes road racing champion John Kocinski, off-road racing champion Rodney Smith, former Harley-Davidson CEO Richard Teerlink, entrepreneur and industry patron John Parham, dirt tracker Alex Jorgensen and longtime Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. race team manager Keith McCarty.

The event also will honor three-time road racing World Champion Wayne Rainey as the 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Rainey, who himself was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, is the president of MotoAmerica, the new home of the AMA Superbike Championship.

The 2015 Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Harley-Davidson, is held in conjunction with AIMExpo, Oct. 15-18. The AIMExpo is a diverse powersports event that is open to trade and media Oct. 15-16, and open to the general public Oct. 17-18.

For updates on this year's AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, keep an eye on www.motorcyclemuseum.org, as well as the AMA's social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorcyclist and www.facebook.com/AMAHallofFame) and Twitter: @AMA_Riding.

To nominate a future Hall of Famer, visit: www.motorcyclemuseum.org/induction.

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